The standard suggested pathway for the Diploma of Language Studies consists of the completion of 48 credit points (8 units of study) studying part time over 3 years, although depending on your language proficiency it may be completed in as little as 1.5 years. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.
An accelerated mode pathway is available for some languages and allows completion of the Diploma in 15 months.
The accelerated pathway of the Diploma of Language Studies is available for the following languages:
The accelerated mode is designed for students who are currently enrolled in a degree course with no units free for language studies, but nonetheless would like to study a language concurrently. Graduate and postgraduate students are also eligible to enrol for the accelerated mode.
The overall structure of the diploma in accelerated mode consists of standard units of study that are offered in intensive format throughout the year. The duration for the course is 15 months. Typically, in accelerated mode, the course structure will consist of:
- A common unit of study on intercultural communication, to be offered in a combination of online and intensive format.
- One semester-long country-specific unit of study, to be offered in English online, providing common background knowledge on the target country (or region, in the case of Latin America), and specialist content relevant to different disciplines (e.g. health, engineering, business).
- Two junior units of study, to be taken in intensive format during the semester break.
- Four senior language units of study offered in intensive format during the semester or in summer or winter school format, which may be taken in-country, or else students can combine in-country study with standard language units.
Language learning in the beginners level units of study will be designed to cover relevant thematic areas and complement the English language background unit. This will include practical language associated with corporate, public service and research engagement (numbers, telling time, locations, taking transport, making and renegotiating appointments, language of phone calls).
In-country units will be taught using a University of Sydney curriculum by partner universities in a relevant country context
Internship units in relevant faculties will be cross-listed at the upper level and may be substituted for one upper-level language unit of study, on the condition that the internship be taken in a country where the relevant language is spoken. This will increase the relevance and flexibility of the diploma.